Turkish judge gets asylum in the Netherlands

19th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch authorities have decided to offer former Turkish judge Çagatay Çetin asylum.

He arrived in the Netherlands in January 2010 and claimed asylum. The judge has been prosecuted in Turkey for his statements about the 1915 Armenian genocide and the treatment of Turkey’s Kurdish population.

A Turkish court sentenced him to 17 years’ imprisonment in absentia in February. He was found guilty on charges of falsifying documents, insulting a prosecutor and defamation. The Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Department have declined to give the reasons for granting him asylum, saying that comments are not made on individual cases.

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